Transitional Year Residency Program

Program Director: John J. Kalata, DO, MS, MedEd, FACOFPJohn J. Kalata, D.O.
Telephone: (814) 868-8217



The mission of the LECOM Health Transitional Year Residency is to provide the Transitional Year resident with the fundamental clinical skills to prepare them to enter a categorical residency program, through a continuum of didactic and clinical experiences.

Program Overview
The primary goal of the LECOM Transitional Year Residency Program is to educate physicians who will practice in a manner that acknowledges the interdependency of mind, body and spirit. This goal aligns with the mission statement and educational goals of the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, which seeks to train physicians to practice in the osteopathic tradition.

Our program strives to provide transitional year residents with the skills, knowledge, and attitudes required to thrive in the categorical residency program of their choice, under the sponsorship of our ACGME accredited family medicine program.

Our transitional year program exposes residents to primary care to patients in our community, through the efforts of our faculty in a Family Medicine continuity clinic to which they are assigned, located in a medically underserved area of our community: Plaza 38 Medical Center, 2010 West 38th Street, and within a community hospital setting as its hospital site.

Our program imparts to its residents a firm academic background, enabling them to advance though the ACGME competency milestones and preparing them to succeed in a categorical residency or in a practice setting requiring one year of graduate medical education. Finally, our program encourages its residents to participate in research and lifelong learning.

“Our program trains the Transitional Year Residents to think on their feet,” stated Dr. John Kalata, Transitional Year Program Director. “Our Residents graduate with solid decision-making skills and the clinical background needed to excel in their residency programs.”

Rotation Curriculum

Internal Medicine 6 months
Family Medicine 1 month
OBGYN 1 month
General Surgery 1 month
Emergency Medicine 1 month
Night-Float 1 month
Elective 2 months

Our Transitional Year residents will complete their primary care longitudinal experience one half-day a week in a family medicine clinic, West Grandview Primary Care, 2000 W. Grandview Blvd in Erie PA.
Transitional Year residents participate in the didactic programs of our family medicine and internal medicine residencies and participate in the family medicine in-service exam.


PGY-1 Stipend: The salary for our Transitional Year residents is $47,150.93 for the 2022-2023 Academic Year.

Vacation: Residents receive 15 days of paid leave and three days for illness each training year. (This includes five days for CME.)

Educational Allowance: Interns receive $1,800 for continuing medical education which can be used to participate in extramural educational seminars or the purchase of books, subscriptions or other scholarly materials. Interns take the ACLS Certification course at Millcreek Community Hospital, at no cost.

Free Membership to LECOM Medical Fitness & Wellness Center.

Relocation Allowance: Incoming residents are granted up to $1,000 relocation allowance to facilitate the move to Erie, PA. There is a wide range of housing options in both urban and rural settings. Hospital subsidized housing is also available. The MCH staff will be happy to assist you in finding accommodations to suit you.

Insurance: Residents receive professional liability, medical, dental and life insurance at no cost. Medical insurance for the resident and his/her family is provided. A pharmaceutical plan allows prescriptions to be filled at the LECOM outpatient pharmacy at a reduced rate. Life insurance is provided with a benefit equal to one year’s salary.

On-Call Meals: Residents receives all meals while on-duty and while on-call at Millcreek Community Hospital, at no cost. Their family may join them and receive the employee discount on all meals.

Library Facilities: Millcreek Community Hospital has a well-equipped library where residents may obtain computerized literature searches and copies of articles at no charge. The MCH Medical Library has an active interlibrary loan program through LECOM, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. Residents also have access to the library at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Other Benefits: Residents are provided with three lab coats each year at no charge.

Contact for more information:

  • John J. Kalata, DO, MS, MedEd, Transitional Year Program Director,

Selection of residents and fellows shall not be based on age, disability, sexual orientation, status as a parent, religion, national origin, pregnancy, sexual harassment, race, color, sex, reprisal/retaliation, or veteran status, which would not directly impede the training process or any other characteristic protected by law.